Top Recommended Hybrid Vehicles

Combining conventional internal combustion with an electric motor and battery, hybrid vehicles – first popularized by Toyota’s Prius – provide an uptick in efficiency (especially in urban, stop-and-go driving) and an increasing electric-only range for those obsessed with minimizing their carbon footprint. Of course, hybrids enjoy a surge in popularity when gas prices spike, and are less buzz-worthy when fuel prices approach $2/gallon. As this is written – in the fall of 2016 – they are decidedly less buzz-worthy. While Toyota has introduced an all-new Prius for ’17, Subaru has discontinued its hybrid Crosstrek, citing lack of interest on the part of consumers. And, in all likelihood, Subaru.

2016 Highlander Hybrid

2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Toyota Highlander is a midsize crossover SUV that delivers versatility, comfort and practicality, including three-row seating.All-wheel drive is available for wintry weather.

Highlander is among the best in its class in terms of comfort and frugality.In addition to flexible second-row seating, it offers relatively free access to the third row.In terms of being stylish, rewarding to drive, or offering rugged off-road capability, well, not so much.

Last redesigned for 2014, there are no significant changes for the 2016 Highlander.

It might look a bit more rugged than its predecessors, but the Highlander is technically closer to Toyota passenger cars than to any …

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$47,870 - $50,485
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MPG MPG 27 City / 28 Hwy
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2016 RAV4 Hybrid

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 benefits this year from a mild freshening inside and out.Most of the attention went toward the interior, evidently in response to customer comments.The current-generation model was introduced for the 2013 model year and it offers two rows of seating (not three) for five people.

Also new is the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid model.EPA-rated at 33 mpg Combined, the RAV4 Hybrid is the only small SUV currently available with a gas-electric powertrain.

Also new is the 2016 Toyota RAV4 SE, the sportiest model, which uses the same engine but adds a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

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$28,370 - $33,610
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Engine Engine I-4
MPG MPG 34 City / 31 Hwy
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2016 Camry Hybrid

2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The Toyota Camry reigns as America's best-selling car, despite zealous competition from the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Mazda6.Redesigned for 2014, the current-generation Camry got a thorough freshening for 2015, including body stiffening and more sound insulation.

Little is new for the 2016 model year except for a new Camry Special Edition.Smartphone navigation has been added to the Entune Audio Plus system.

The Camry is refined, modern, and surprisingly bold in appearance.Cabins are roomy and refined, though trim elements in the base LE model look a bit barren.

The Camry XLE, in particular, delivers a sophisticated experience, blending the familiar smooth ride with …

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$26,790 - $30,140
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MPG MPG 43 City / 39 Hwy
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2016 Prius

2016 Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius has long been a polarizing vehicle. Enthusiasts don't like it because it defined the car as an appliance, a way to get from A to B without any driving engagement. Of course, millions of people didn't care about that in the slightest (Toyota's sold 3.5 million Priuses), and simply appreciated the Prius because it let them get 45 or 50 miles to the gallon without a thought while encouraging a relaxed rate of progress – maddening to any driver stuck behind a slow-moving Prius on the road. After all these years, the Prius is as much a …

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$24,200 - $30,000
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MPG MPG 54 City / 50 Hwy
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2017 Volt

2017 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevy Volt is a sleek and rakish compact hatchback that legitimately offers the best of both worlds: As a plug-in hybrid, it can run totally electric for much of everyday driving, with an EPA-rated range of 53 miles, and switches to gas for longer runs.

It's in the second year of its much improved second generation, and boasts high build quality than what is found on pre-2016 models.Some consumers believe the second year is the sweet spot for a new car, saying any first-year bugs have been worked out while still looking new and sporting the latest technology.The 2017 Volt …

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